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The Qutub complex in Mehrauli, south Delhi, houses structures dating from the Slave Dynasty (1206-1290) and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar is the most famous structure in the complex and was built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak of the Slave Dynasty in 1206. It is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an. The balconies in the tower are supported by exquisite stalactite designs.
While entry into the tower itself is no longer permitted, you can view the scenery via a little webcam on top.
Other structures within the complex include the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Delhi's first and grandest mosque, though now mostly in ruins. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak using materials from 27 destroyed Jain and Hindu temples.
There is also the famous Alai Darwaza at the entrance of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. This square, domed building once acted as the entrance to the mosque. To the west of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is the tomb of Iltutmish.
Inside the mosque is the Iron Pillar, a 1,600-year old creation that has not rusted despite its age!
Light and Sound Show
The gardens in the complex are kept in excellent shape, making this a popular relaxation and picnic spot. A light-and-sound show is also held here most nights after sunset.
Visit Duration : 2 hours
Opening Time : Sunrise
Closing Time : Sunset